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Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News

Walt Disney World ThemePark News:

There are exciting new things popping up every day at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new in Walt Disney World news.

AroundtheMouseHaunted Mansion-Themed Merchandise Shop Opening This Fall in Magic Kingdom Park: The new merchandise shop will be located in the current Yankee Trader shop, which will have its last day of operation on July 27, 2014. Inspired by Madame Leota, the new location will carry select items from the upcoming Haunted Mansion Authentic program including apparel, home goods, souvenirs, and more.

New! Miss America Pre-Parade August 1: The 2015 Miss America contestants will participate in a special pre-parade on Friday, Aug. 1 at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World. The pre-parade will step off from the Liberty Square bridge at 2:50 p.m.

New! Epcot Canada Pavilion Cast Members Get New Costumes: From time to time, Creative Costuming updates the costumes of Cast Members around Walt Disney World. Starting July 28, Cast Members in Canada have a new look. For the design, all parts of Canada were included with the iconic check and maple leaf patterned fabric, which was created especially for Walt Disney World. The vest includes the Northwestern influence of Canada with native influences from French and Native American design. When the weather cools down, the winter wear includes a nod to iconic Canadian trappers with a plaid trapper’s hat.

NikkyJ

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Update

Belgium Marketplace: Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache & Whipped Cream

Belgium Marketplace:
Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache & Whipped Cream

The 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is right around the corner. If you follow the blog then you know that it’s the best yearly treat for ThemeParkHipster.com! Check out the latest updates available this season.

New! New Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Late Nights – LIVE!: Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Late Nights LIVE! street party will run from 9:45 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday during the festival between the United Kingdom Pavilion and World Showcase Plaza. The event includes six tastes (food and beverages) from select marketplaces, live music, entertainment, and a DJ. Cost is $79, plus tax. Admission to Epcot is not required after 9 p.m. for guests who have purchased credentials to the event.

NikkyJ

News Around Universal Studios: New Park Hours

Universal Orlando ResortThere are exciting new things happening every day at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Universe.” This week’s Universal Orlando Resort News update features: changes to park hours, Halloween Horror Nights announcements, new CityWalk live events and more!

Universal Orlando Theme Parks

New! Changes to Park Operating Hours: August 1 through August 16, Universal Islands of Adventure will open at 8:00am to the general public (7:00am for Early Park Admission), while Universal Studios Florida will open at 9:00am to the general public (8:00am for Early Park Admission). Due to the differences in opening times, the Hogwarts Express will not be available until 8:00am, and from 8:00am to 9:00am, it will only be available to guests with Early Park Admission (and park-to-park tickets, as always). Universal CityWalk operating hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., 365 days a year.

NikkyJ

Mickey Mouse Ears Giveaway with Destinations in Florida!

Photo from @disneyparksblog

Photo from @disneyparksblog

Everyone knows that a Disney trip is incomplete without the must have mouse ears.

Destinations in Florida is giving away free Mickey Mouse ears with the 2015 vacation rates for each child in the party with all bookings made by August 30.

NikkyJ

Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News

NewsaroundmouseNews Around the Mouse this week features early details of Walt Disney World’s fall events. We will share news on the oh so spectacular Epcot International Food & Wine festival along with other news, new live show, special events, and fall vacation packages!

Walt Disney World Theme Parks

New! Book Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014 Events July 31: Beginning July 31 at 7 a.m., Guests can officially book a spot for some of the most coveted events at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014. All events will be posted on epcotfoodfestival.com beginning July 24.

NikkyJ

News Around Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights Details Released

Halloween Horror Nights 2014News around Universal Studios this week just got a bit spookier as the 2014 Halloween Horror Nights details were released.

What’s new this week?

Halloween Horror Nights Announcements Released: Step right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history at Universal Orlando® Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights®, the nation’s premier Halloween event. Select nights Sept. 19 – Nov. 1, you can explore eight terrifying haunted houses, multiple street experiences, two outrageous live shows, and many of your favorite rides and attractions. You’ll be completely immersed in the worlds of the biggest names in horror including:

NikkyJ

Run Disney Princess Half Marathon 2015 Details Released

princess-half-marathon-230x150-03The single largest Run Disney Girl Power (Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend) event details have been released for 2015, which draws over 50,000 runners every year!

Are you joining thousands of princesses as they trade in their glass slippers for running shoes in a dream come true weekend? The annual Princess Half Marathon opened on July 15th for registration with the coveted Glass Slipper Challenge selling out in 2 hours. At the time of this writing 3 of the 4 events have sold out, with the all new Frozen inspired 5k sitting at 75%. This is an awesome event for all princesses, their princes and family. If you plan on running in one of the magical events that weekend, or are heading over to support the runners we have a VIP deal for you.

A Very Important Princess deal, that is.

NikkyJ

Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News

News Around the Mouse this week features Walt Disney World new Fantasy Football Event, Extra Magic Hours Changes, a new restaurant coming to WDW and more!

ESPN Fantasy FootballWalt Disney World Theme Parks

New! Inaugural ESPN Fantasy Football Conventions Coming to Walt Disney World: On August 22-23, you can officially kick-off sport’s greatest season of the year with ESPN‘s inaugural Fantasy Football Convention, taking place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The first-of-its-kind event features unprecedented access to ESPN talent including Matthew Berry, Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen, Sara Walsh, Mark Schlereth, Stephania Bell, Tim Hasselbeck and more! The event includes an epic Tailgate Party, where you can mix and mingle with ESPN talent and be a judge in the first-ever ESPN Chili Bowl by taste testing creations from decorated Disney Chefs from around the world, and breakfast with some of your favorite characters decked out for the gridiron. The Convention includes a live broadcast of Fantasy Football Now.

NikkyJ
Diagon Alley Entrance

Diagon Alley Grand Opening from A-Z

Last weeks Diagon Alley grand opening celebration has long past, but I can’t help laughing with childlike giddiness as I replay that wonderful day over and over in my mind. With so many articles out there giving you all a “how to guide” or “top tips” (myself included), I’ve decided to do something new to showcase my indescribable trip through the brick walls of London.

This is my adventure of Universal’s Diagon Alley grand opening from A-Z!

NikkyJ

News Around Universal Studios: Reasons Why You Must Go

Photo Courtesy of Outdoorsydiva.com

Photo Courtesy of Outdoorsydiva.com

News around Universal Studios has been buzzing throughout all media sources this past week mainly due to the exciting new things happening every day around the park! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Universe.” This week’s update features: Diagon Alley grand opening, new CityWalk eateries, and much more!

NikkyJ